2017 is almost here, and we all know what that means! It's time to buckle down and make those New Year's Resolutions. When it comes to resolutions, there's a little bit of a problem. It's one thing to make a resolution, but it's an entirely different thing to actually keep it--especially for longer than a few weeks. Did you know that only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year's resolutions each year? Research at the University of Scranton showed that only about 40% of Americans even bother to make resolutions in the first place (that’s only about 1/3 of the Super Bowl audience), and of those 40%, only 8% achieve them.

So how do those 8% of people manage to meet their year’s goals? What's their special secret? Turns out the secret lies in the resolution itself. If you don't craft it the right way, you're likely to fail. Thankfully Forbes created a list of tips on coming up with the perfect resolution, one you're most likely to be able to keep the whole year round.

  1. Keep it Simple: “Essentially, shooting for the moon can be so psychologically daunting, you end up failing to launch in the first place.” The goal should actually be multiple small goals throughout the year instead of one that’s overwhelming.
  2. Make it Tangible: Being specific is what keeps you on track with things like that. Instead of saying “lose weight” or “workout,” lay out exactly what you want—no potato chips, fries, or ice cream, or attend a weekly exercise class.
  3. Make it Obvious: An easy way to keep your goal at the forefront of your mind is to keep it public: tell your friends, tell your family, start a blog. The more people that know what you're working towards, the more you'll be held accountable.
  4. Keep Believing You Can Do It: “Simply setting a goal does raise your chances of achieving that goal, significantly.” You want this year-long goal to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

We want to help encourage each of you to meet your goals this year, and we're excited to see what everyone's working towards! Share your 2017 resolutions with us on our Facebook wall! Here are the links for Clermont, The Villages, and Leesburg.